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Identifying and Managing Project Risk by Tom Kendrick


Why does project risk matter?  In his book, Identifying and Managing Project Risk, Tom Kendrick mentions that “reviewing the records of technical projects, it is striking how many consecutive projects fall victim to the same problems.” He adds that “risks tend to occur in project after project unless you understand the root causes and do something differently to avoid the problem.” Clearly, any project comes…

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The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital by Andrew Romans


Why is VC blossoming? In his book, The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital, investor Andrew Roman talks about what entrepreneurs must understand about the venture capital industry if they want to raise money and how they should go about attracting venture capital. He begins by talking about the venture capital market in the 1990s where the costs of launching a new business were high: purchasing software licenses and…

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Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz


In his book, Hard Things About Hard Things, entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, Ben Horowitz, shows that, ultimately, any founder will have to confront quote the struggle.” Whether it’s a product that doesn’t perform as expected, loyal employees that leave, unhappy customers, or venture capitalists that want to pull out, entrepreneurs will always face, at some point in their career, the “struggle.” And there is no recipe overcoming it. Everybody has…

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Venture Capital Investing by David Gladstone and Laura Gladstone


In venture capital investing, founders and management of Gladstone capital, David Gladstone and Laura Gladstone provide our practical guide to the nitty-gritty aspects of venture capital investing. Targeted at venture capitalist looking at making the right investments, they mentioned that investors should start out any conversation with a thorough due diligence, defined as a process of researching, examining, questioning, analyzing and assessing any investment…

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Against The Gods, the remarkable story of risk


In his book, Against The Gods, the remarkable story of risk, financial analyst and asset manager, Peter Bernstein, begins with the creation cosmic creation. He mentions that “the recognition of risk management as a practical art rest on a simple cliché with the most profound consequences: when our world was created, nobody remembered to include certainty.” Indeed, the Greek gods rolled the dice to decide who…

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Book Review : Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson


The authors, Brad Feld and Jason A. Mendelson, starts out by mentioning that bringing one’s company to the next level requires an influx of cash. Founders turn to venture capitalists who provide the perfect form of financing to ventures. The author suggests that they focus on investors and understand how they work in terms of decision-making process, capital sourcing, timing, industry focus and negotiation style. The author also looks at term sheets…

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Book review : Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor


The VC landscape is changing The author starts out by saying that the venture capital landscaped has changed in the last several decades of full at least two reasons:  1/ First of all, launching a startup today requires less capital than it did before as technologies such as cloud computing, the internet, big data and artificial intelligence are lowing production costs.  2/ Second of all, accelerators like Y Combinator, are providing educational grounds…

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Book Review : Zero to One by Peter Thiel


Different kinds of progress In this thought-provoking book, serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, details how startups can turn into a profitable monopoly. He begins by mentioning that founders must take a critical view on the present and imagine what the future may look like in the 22nd century. Progress fills up the gap between today and tomorrow. He adds that progress comes in 2 forms:  Horizontal progress, also known…

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Book Review : The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen


In The Innovator’s Solution Harvard professor, Clayton Christensen, begins by summarizing his previous book, The Innovator’s Dilemma. As the financial community keeps demanding higher returns, decision makers in established companies must confront a difficult choice: they may continue to improve their operations and boost shareholder returns in the short-term, or, they may decide to launch new businesses in low margin market niches to diversify revenue sources, yet failing…

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Improving the value chain


How is digital transformation changing the way businesses are run throughout the value chain? To be a bit more specific, how is digital transformation improving relationships and processes between suppliers and incumbents? In what way is information flowing more freely? Plus, how can digital technologies be applied to verify whether a newly built store is mindful of the mother companies branding? And, what would…